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4 Lies DTSC Told You About The #WoolseyFire

Melissa Bumstead
Simi Valley, CA, United States

Nov 14, 2018 — 

DTSC Lie #1: “The Woolsey Fire, which burned 93,000 acres and hundreds of homes to the ground, started near one of America’s worst nuclear meltdowns, the Santa Susana Field Lab (also known as Rocketdyne).”

TRUTH #1: The fire started at Santa Susana, not just near it. This photo was taken shortly after the Woolsey Fire began near the Rocky Peak/Bel Canyon areas. Cal Fire states that it was dispatched from “E Street and Alfa Road”, which is only accessible by driving through the Santa Susana Field Lab, it is ON the lab land.

DTSC Lie #2: “We don’t have any idea how the fire started.”

TRUTH #2: An incident report from Edison Electric Company was made right next to the start of the fire, just minutes before it reportedly started. The incident was reported at the Chatsworth Substation, located on the Santa Susana Field Lab, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2:22pm. The start of the Woolsey Fire was reported near E Street and Alfa Road, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2:24pm… two minutes later. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

DTSC Lie #3: “No facilities housing hazardous materials were burned at the Santa Susana Field Lab during the Woolsey Fire.”

TRUTH #3: We have a photo of the historic rocket stands – which were surrounded by vegetation and soil containing radionuclides and carcinogenic TCE – burning. It is speculated that 500,000 gallons of carcinogenic TCE were dumped into the soil near these rocket stands.

What’s more, the fire started just 1,3000 feet away from the Sodium Reactor Experiment, where the infamous nuclear meltdown took place. It was surrounded by landscape and vegetation that absorbed the leaked radiation and likely contains the thousands of pounds of radioactive sodium coolant from the meltdown that were “lost.” We don’t yet know if the Hazardous Waste Management Facility in Area IV of the lab burned, but even if it didn’t we know that Areas I and II did, and there is enough radioactive vegetation and soil to concern even the most conservative toxicologist.

DTSC Lie #4:  “Our scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire’s location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke.” (Statement issued 11/9/2018 at 1:30 am through the DTSC Community Update).

TRUTH #4: This update from DTSC was sent only ten hours after the fire started. In the same update, DTSC states that their air monitoring network is inaccessible – so how were they able to make a decision about hazardous materials so quickly and without any data?

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